Tallinn (dpa) - Ilkay Gündogan with his first international match has kept the German national football team against the blatant outsider Estonia on EM course.
In the 3-0 (0-0) victory in Tallinn, the Manchester City midfielder, who returned to the starting lineup after muscle problems, was the deciding man and brought Germany's team Joachim Loew to victory with his DFB goals six and seven. After the early red card for Emre Can in the 14th minute, the replacement-weakened favorite in front of 12,062 spectators up to Gündogans goals (51./57.) Difficult. In the end, Timo Werner (71.) made the final score clear.
Gundogan and Can had caused a stir before the match at the A. Le Coq Arena. The two Turkish-born national team had on Instagram a photo with the salute Torjubel the Turkish international Cenk Tosun each provided with a like. The military salute was dedicated to the soldiers deployed at Operation Friedensquelle, the Turkish Football Association said. The Turkish military mission is directed against the Kurdish militia YPG in northern Syria and is criticized internationally sharply. Gündogan and Can took back their likes on Instagram, saying it was not a political statement.
With Gundogan's strong showing on the pitch - the 28-year-old also prepared for substitute Leipzig Werner's goal - the DFB team remain on course against Belarus and Northern Ireland in November ahead of the last two European Championship qualifiers. With 15 points Germany is in Group C in the three-way fight for the two EM direct tickets with the Netherlands (15) and the Northern Irish (12) in second place.
The national coach had called before the supposedly easy task in Estonia to "concentration and seriousness". Annoying for the coach was the long list of deficits, on which even the last so accurate Serge Gnabry moved. The Bayern professional had to fit because of muscular problems. "We did not want to take any chances," Loew said.
In comparison to the 2: 2 against Argentina Löw put his starting eleven on three positions. Marco Reus and Gündogan, both recently beaten, returned as well as captain Manuel Neuer, who stood in goal instead of rival Marc-André ter Stegen.
At first, Neuer could take a relaxed look at what was happening from a distance. In the beginning, the Estonians hardly came out of their own half, even if coach Karel Voolaid had promised reparation for the 0-8 first match clap. But then the hosts received unexpected help from the German defense.
Niklas Süle played a sloppy risk pass on Can at his own penalty area, while the Juventus player slid the ball and only slowed down the on-coming Frank Liivak. Referee Georgi Kabakow from Bulgaria showed Can Rot - a tough decision. It was the first red card in a competitive match of the DFB selection since the European Championship in 2008, when Bastian Schweinsteiger had conceded a dismissal in the 1: 2 against Croatia.
Cans Malheur changed the game abruptly. The Estonians immediately became bolder with Karol Mets scoring the goal in the 18th minute. Above all, the 35-year-old captain Konstantin Vassiljev embarrassed the not always safe German defense several times.
Thanks to their disciplined defensive performance, the home side rarely ran into danger against the long-minded Germans. Luca Waldschmidt's long-range effort saved Sergei Lepmets from a brilliant save (25 '), but Reus's 20-meter free kick saved the keeper when the ball hit the crossbar (40'). Until the break, the lack of Gnabry and his brains was painfully noticeable in the DFB selection.
But then Löws conversions were fruitful. The temporarily moved into midfield Reus was ordered by the coach again forward, the hitherto pale Havertz now played in the central office. As Havertz blocked Steilpass landed five minutes after the break at Gundogan, this drew immediately, the still deflected by Reus shot hit the German lead.
Six minutes later Reus then used the free Gündogan, who laced his first double in the 35th international match. The low shot of the 28-year-old was deflected this time by Mets unsustainable. The Estonians struggled on, but the substitute Werner made everything clear after a fine counterattack.
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